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Get ready for “lighter propaganda.”
“Crowdsourcing is a promising approach for helping to identify misinformation at scale.”
“To the extent that the mass media model we identify here is the primary driver of information disorder, it will not be cured by more fact checking on Facebook.”
Plus: How Trump’s 2016 digital campaign sought to suppress the Black vote, and people on both sides of the political spectrum are vulnerable to misinformation about mail dumping.
“There isn’t a good origin story for the virus, and so this information vacuum is allowing misinformation to circulate.”
A Covid-19 vaccine is coming. Will public health messaging be enough to convince Americans to get it?